In a ruling on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge
Richard Seeborg ruled that the minors gave their consent when
they signed up for Facebook under a "statement of rights and
responsibilities" that governs the site.
"We are pleased with the court's ruling affirming that
Facebook's terms apply to all users and establish consent to
publish their names and profile photos near related sponsored
content," Sandeep Solanki, Facebook's associate general counsel,
said in an emailed statement.
In court filings, Facebook had claimed that it only took
information its users voluntarily shared with their Facebook
friends and republished it to those same friends, sometimes with
a related advertisement.
Plaintiffs had alleged that Facebook's "statement of rights and
responsibilities" that governs use of the site was not
enforceable because minors in California could not make
contracts, but Seeborg disagreed.
"Plaintiffs have offered no facts or legal theories upon which
they would be entitled to a declaration that the statements of
rights and responsibilities are unenforceable," Seeborg said.
The case is: C.M.D. et al v Facebook Inc, U.S. District Court,
Northern District of California, No 12-cv-1216.
(Reporting by Dena Aubin; additional reporting by Dan Levine;
editing by Stephen Coates)
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